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Ill Mavericks guard Deron Williams might not play against Celtics

Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams might not play against Boston because of an illness.
Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams might not play against Boston because of an illness. AP

Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams is questionable for Monday’s home game against the Boston Celtics with an illness.

The illness forced Williams to miss Monday morning’s shootaround at American Airlines Center.

Williams missed eight straight games with a sprained left great toe before returning and playing 16 minutes – all in the first half – of Saturday’s 112-80 victory over the Orlando Magic. In that contest, the 12-year veteran collected seven points, four assists and three steals.

After that game, Williams said of his injury: “It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I felt really good. The legs felt good, the wind felt good, there were no setbacks.

“I’ll still be sore for awhile. (But) I wish I could have played a little bit in the second half.’’

If Williams doesn’t play Monday night, the Mavericks will turn to rookie sensation Yogi Ferrell, who has dazzled since joining Dallas on Jan. 28. In his seven starts, Ferrell led the Mavericks to a 5-2 record.

That includes solid wins over San Antonio, Cleveland and Utah. And in a game against Portland, Ferrell scored 32 points and made 9-of-11 shots from 3-point range.

When Williams returned to the starting against the Magic, Ferrell came off the bench and tallied 10 points and seven assists.

“He played well, highlighted by that Portland game, the Cleveland game as well,’’ Williams said. “I thought he did a great job of just making his mark in this league and showing he belongs.

“And I thought he did a great job (against Orlando), even when I came back.’’

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